Standing Solid In Solitude

"And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed." 1

"And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves." 2


My journey into solitude,
Through endless fields of sky and plain,
Begins, not with beatitude,
But in my loneliness and pain.

It's here I meet my emptiness;
I am nothing without my God.
I shrink before His mightiness:
A speck beneath the sky I trod.

But solitude is a blessing:
He fills my endless void with grace.
Though on my own I am nothing;
Here in His hand, I find my place.

Now I embrace my emptiness;
I stand solid in solitude.
What seemed destined for loneliness,
Has become a beatitude.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Mark 1:35
2. Mark 6: 31-32